I teach 200, eager STEM, students that are ready to use 3D printers to enhance their learning opportunities.
Approximately 24% of my population receives free lunch, 12% are special education students and 4% English Language Learners.
Even though the proficiency rate for all the students has increased from 2014 - 2017, there is still a large academic achievement gap between White and Asian/Pacific Islander students. There is also a large academic achievement gap between White and Black students. Let's narrow the gap.
This project involves combining 3D printing, STEM and Character Based Education into one educational, inquiry based project.
Students will gain a greater sense of empathy, and build an excitement toward a STEM based eduction, while completing the "Make a Difference Tool" project.
First students will research a condition such as: arthritis, dyslexia, cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease or vision impairment.
Second, they will Interview a person living with the condition to learn some of the obstacles that make their lives difficult; and
Third, students will use CAD software and a 3D printer to make a tool that would help overcome the obstacles the person they interviewed face on a daily basis.
As a teacher, I will guide the creation of the questions, so that students ask appropriate and specific questions. I will also be assisting the students during the actual 3D printing process.
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